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History

It is believed that early man have lived on the banks of the Mahi River which formed the flood plains in that region. There are many evidences of the existence of early man and the existence of early settlements in the Mahi river valley at a number of sites within 10 to 20 km to the north-east of Baroda.

There has been also findings of human settlement on the right bank of river Vishwamitri on a group of dunes resting on the alluvium of the river which dates back to 1000 B.C.. It also ascertains the existence of the Stone Age Era.

Nearly beginning of the Christian Era, a small township developed at same spots as mentioned above; on the right bank of River Vishwamitri. Later, it was came to be known as Ankotakka (currently known as Akota). And the mound on which this settlement was established came to be known as Dhantekri. The entire settlement was developed by clearing grazing land and thick forests that covered an area of ½ to ¾ km².

There are many Reasons for why Baroda name came from! Let us take a Journey back in time to savor these ideas which contributed to Baroda’s enchanting History.

Baroda, situated on banks of River Vishwamitri, it is said that the Name was derived from Great Saint Vishwamitra.

During 9th Century, Presently Akota was known as Ankottaka which was a little town and was famous for Jainism located on banks of River Vishwamitri in 5th and 6th Century A.D.. Some of Signature Akota Bronze Images are still found in Baroda Museum. Architecture findings also date Baroda back to this time.

The City was also referred as Chandanavati, named after a Rajput King Raja Chandan. It is also believed that Baroda had two other Names at different time which were – Virakshetra (A Land of Warriors) and Vatodar (in the Heart of Banyan Trees). People also say that areas near Baroda (Vat meaning Banyan Tree and Aodh meaning Tent/Canopy) was a type of forest, which was home to big groves of Banyan Trees that formed a Canopy kind of layer.

The Baroda State was merged into Bombay State, when India gained Independence in Year 1947. Later on 1st May 1960, Bombay Province was then further divided into Gujarat State & Maharashtra State, after which Baroda became a part of Gujarat Officially.

A historical literature suggests that English Travelers and Merchants referred Baroda as Brodera! The Name ‘Baroda’ was then changed to ‘Vadodara’ in 1974.

The first recorded history of the city is that of the early trader settlers who settled in the region in 812 AD. The province was mainly Hindu-dominated with Hindu kings ruling until 1297. The Gupta Empire was the first power in the region in the early years of the Christian Era. After fierce battles, the region was taken over by the Chalukya Dynasty. Finally, the kingdom was annexed by the Solanki dynasty. By this time Muslim rule had spread across India, and the reins of power were then snatched by the Delhi Sultans. The city was ruled for a long time by these Sultans, until they were overthrown by the Mughals.

Baroda State was a former Indian State in Western India(Asia). Vadodara's more recent history began when the Maratha general Pilaji Gaekwad conquered Songadh from the Mughals in 1726. Before the Gaekwads captured Baroda, it was ruled by the Babi Nawabs, who were the officers of the Mughal rulers. Most notably, from 1705–1716, Sardar Senapati Khanderao Dabhade led the Maratha Empire forces in Baroda. Except for a short period, Baroda continued to be in the reign of the Gaekwads from 1734 to 1948. Initially detailed to collect revenue on behalf of the Peshwa in Gujarat, Pilaji Gaekwad remained there to carve out a kingdom for himself. Damajirao, son and successor of Pilaji Gaekwad, defeated the Mughal armies and conquered Baroda in 1734. His successors consolidated their power over large tracts of Gujarat, becoming easily the most powerful rulers in the region. After the Maratha defeat in the Third Battle of Panipat in 1761, control of the empire by the Peshwas weakened as it became a loose confederacy, and the Gaekwad Maharajas ruled the kingdom until it acceded to Independent Republic of India in 1949. In 1802, the British intervened to defend a Maharaja that had recently inherited the throne from rival claimants, and Vadodara concluded a subsidiary alliance with the British that recognised the Kingdom as a Princely state and allowed the Maharajas of Baroda internal political sovereignty in return for recognising British 'Paramountcy', a form of suzerainty in which the control of the state's foreign affairs was completely surrendered.

The golden period in the Maratha rule of Vadodara started with the accession of Maharaja Sayajirao III in 1875.

(1721–1732) Pilaji Rao Gaekwad
(1732–1768) Damaji Rao Gaekwad
(1768–1771) Govind Rao Gaekwad
(1771–1789) Sayaji Rao Gaekwad I
(1789–1793) Manaji Rao Gaekwad
(1793–1800) Govind Rao Gaekwad (restored)
(1800–1818) Anand Rao Gaekwad
(1818–1847) Sayaji Rao II Gaekwad
(1847–1856) Ganpat Rao Gaekwad
(1856–1870) Khande Rao Gaekwad
(1870–1875) Malhar Rao Gaekwad
(1875–1939) Maharaja Sayaji Rao III
(1939–1951) Pratapsinh Rao Gaekwad
(1951–1988) Fatehsinh Rao Gaekwad
(1988-2012) Ranjitsinh Pratapsinh Gaekwad
(2012-Present) Samarjitsingh Ranjitsinh Gaekwad

(At the time of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III)

Demographics

Location : Vadodara is located in the eastern part of the state of Gujarat and is a pleasant, medium sized city. Geographically, the Location of Vadodara is 22°18′00″N 73°12′01″E.

Area :

Area that the Vadodara occupying is 148.95 km2

Population :

The population of Vadodara is 3,641,566, and the area density is 11,021 /km2 i.e. 11,021 persons per km2

Literacy Rate :

Literacy rate of Vadodara is 76.11%

Sex Ratio :

The sex ratio of Vadodara is 909 females per 1000 males.

STD Code :

+91-265

The LANGUAGES widely spoken in Vadodara are Gujarati, Hindi and English.

Climate :

In Vadodara there are three main seasons: Summer, Monsoon and winter. Aside from the monsoon season, the climate is dry. The summer is hot with maximum temperature 36°C and the average minimum is 23 °C. Cold northerly winds are responsible for a mild chill in January. The average rainfall is 93 cm, but infrequent heavy torrential rains cause the river to flood. The highest temperature recorded is 47 °C and the lowest is -1 °C.

  • Sayajirao Gaekwad III - Real Sculptor of City of Culture, King of Vadodara.
  • Sayajirao Gaekwad III – The Maharaja of Baroda State from 1875 to 1939, and is notably remembered for reforming much of his state during his rule.
  • Venkatraman Ramakrishnan – Indian-born Anglo-American structural biologist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry along with Thomas A. Steitz and Ada Yonath in 2009.
  • K. G. Subramanyan – Lecturer at the Faculty of Fine Arts in M.S. University in Baroda. He was awarded Padma Vibhushan in 2012.
  • G. N. Devy – Professor of English at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. He was awarded Padma Shri in 2014.
  • Gunvant Shah – a noted thinker, writer and columnist. He was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India, in 2015.
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It was built by Shri Maharaja SayajiRao III. The first stone was laid by P.S. Melvill Esquire, C.S.I. Agent to the Governor General at Baroda, on the 12th Jan-1880 and and completed in 1890. It was built in the Indo-saracenic tradition, with an eclentic mix of of Indian, Islamic, and European Elements. It’s a residence of the royal family. Its, ornate Darbar Hall has an Italian mosaic floor and walls with mosaic decorations. The Palace houses a remarkable collection of old armoury and sculptures in bronze, marble and terracotta.

Location : On Rajmahel Road.

Earlier it was known as Chandan Talao.

Sursagar Lake is located in the city area of Vadodara. Its one of the largest man made lakes of Vadodara which is circular in shape and covers a circumference of one and a half mile.

The lake is 60m deep which was built in the nineteenth century.

Its surrounded by Nyaymandir and Lalcourt, and famous shopping market, Mangal Bazzar. A beautiful shivji Idol is placed in the center of the lake. During festivals and in night time the idol and lake is lightened up with beautiful lights and it’s a very pleasant view for visitors.

Location : City Area (Centre of City).

This is palatial building erected by Sayaji Rao III in 1906-1907 at a cost of about Rs. 5 Lakhs. It was presented by him as a gift to the Municipality on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee Celebrations of his administration. The Municipal offices are located in this building. The Main entrance resembles in architecture with that of the gate of Dabhoi fort. Along with Municipal office its, now Vegetable market also.

Location : On Rajmahel Road.

Kirti Mandir was built to commemorate the cremation of the members of the Gaekwad family. This "E" shaped large magnificent stone building with domes, terraces, balconies and central sikhara rising to about 33 meters. According to Sayaji Rao Gaekwad it was built to commemorate the benefactors of his state irrespective of their race, caste or creed. The construction cost is Rs. 50000/- and it preserves in its various rooms the statues and photographs of the members of the royal family. The Interior of this elegant structure is marble finished and on the wall of the central hall are the murals Gangavataran, battle of Mahabharata, Life of Meera and Natir Pooja-executed by the famous Bengali artist Nandalal Bose. It can be visited by everybody between 9 am to 12 pm and 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm.

Location : Opp SSG Hospital.

This Imposing structure was built during the Mughal period and was restored in 1736 A.D. by the Governor Malharao Maloji under the orders of Damaji Rao II (1732 -1768 A.D.).

Location : Old Vadodara area.

It’s situated in the cantonment near Fatehgunj is the beautiful Shiva Temple, managed and maintained by the "Jawans" of E.M.E., this temple is made of Aluminum and some alloys. Unlike all other temples, this beautiful Shiva temple is made of aluminum and it is a place of religious harmony. A cultural center has also been developed by the E.M.E. around the temple here good sculptures of Gujarat, pavilion etc are nicely preserved. Idols of Gods and Goddesses are beautifully placed on both the side walkways and they look very attractive when illuminated at night everyday. Visit to this temple is a must for everyone who visits Vadodara.

Location : Fatehgunj, Army area.

Sayaji Baug, is situated on river vishwamitri and was built by Sayaji Rao III in 1879. Sprawling over 113 acres, it also includes an excellent Zoo, the Baroda Museum and Picture Gallary, Sardar Patel Planetarium. A major attraction for children is the 3.5 kms joy ride through the park on the Toy Train. The Picture beside is the famous Bandstand in the Sayaji Baug.

Location : Station Road.

Its located near Motibaug Cricket Ground in the Rajmahel so, when you visit the Rajmahel, do visit the Museum. It has the Royal Collection of arts and treasures with some great paintings of Shri Raja Ravi Verma.

Location : Beside Motibaug Cricket Ground, Near Baroda Cricket Association office.

Baroda museum is considered to be one of the most famous museums of the country. The foundation stone of museum was laid in the year 1887 and the work completed in 1894. The Egyptian mummy and skeleton of a blue whale are major attractions for those who visit the museum. It has various room inside, like European room, Japanese Gallery, Chinese Gallery, Baroda room, etc.

The Picture gallery’s construction building started in 1908 and was completed in 1914 but the gallery could be opened only in 1921 as the world war delayed the transport of the collections of European paintings to Baroda-India.

Location : In Sayaji Baugh or Kamati Baugh, Station Road

It is located Near Raopura Area and it’s a 4 storey haveli was the residence of Diwan of Vadodara. This is famous for his wall paintings from the 19th century Maratha tradition depicting scenes from the Mahabharata, lord Krishna’s life and the Anglo-Maratha war.

Location : Old Vadodara area.

Laheripura gate is located near Nyaymandir and it’s a gateway of old city. It was built in 1558 and now a days this area is busy market place.

Location : Old Vadodara area.

Nyaymandir is a Temple of Justice. It’s a court house in Vadodara situated near Sursagar Lake. During festivals it’s all lightened up and its looks beautiful.

Location : Old Vadodara area.

Built in old classical style, the palace was used on ceremonial occasions by the Gaekwad. The royal family heirlooms are on display.

Location : Near Mandvi in City area.

Bulid around 1586, the tomb of Qutbuddin is the one of the oldest Moughal monuments of the city. Qutbuddin is the Army General of the great king Akbar.

Location : On Pratapnagar road, Just after the overbridge of Pratapnagar.

Maharshi Aurobindo Ghosh, who one of the eminent freedom fighters and also a renouned philosopher resided in Vadodara from 1894 to 1906 as a private secretary to Maharaja Sayaji Rao Gaekwad. He also worked as vice principle and professor of English in Baroda college. His residence popularly known as Aurobindo Society is situated in Dandiya Bazaar area is the only national memorial.

Yoga and meditation are taught here regularly. Surrounded by a nicely manicured garden this magnificent building provides an opportunity to pass a few minutes in solace. Various useful articles prepared at Pondichery are sold in all emporiums on the ground floor. A nicely, displayed small museum on the life of Shri Aurobindo’s contribution can also be visited here.

Location : Dandiabazar.

The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, originally know as Baroda college of science established in 1881, it became a university in 1949 after the independence of the country and later renamed after the benefactor Shri Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III, the former ruler of Baroda. It is the only university in Gujarat whose medium of instruciton is English for all courses.

The Picture is of ARTS Buliding of the MSU.

Location : Station Road.

Kirti Stambh is One of the most popular Landmarks in the City located near Polo Ground. It is made out of pink Songadh stone and stands tall opposite Nehru Bhavan. The landmark was built to mark 60 years of rule of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III in 1935. Perched atop the landmark is a lion that is facing eastwards. Though, many citizens know reasons behind building Kirti Stambh, not many are aware of the philosophy behind the structure. Kirti Stambh is also known as Tower of Fame/Triumph.

The structure depicts Sayajirao’s decision of moving towards ‘Vanaprasthashram’ (Life of Retirement). The lion sitting on the top of the structure faces east and has his back to the Laxmi Vilas Palace (Lakshmi Villas Palace) gate. Travelling towards east is considered to be a way of attaining salvation in Hindu philosophy. The lion’s back is towards the palace and it illustrates the king’s departure from his Kingdom and Luxurious Life.

Important No

Assistance 1800-345-1800
Trunk Information & STD 183
Trunk International - Booking & Inquiry 186
Changes Numbers - Hindi 1951
Changed Numbers - English 1952
Changed Numbers - Gujarati 1953
Directory Inquiry 197
Fault Repairs (8 am to 6 pm) +91-265-2198
Fault Repairs (6 pm to 8 am) 198
Time 174
Telex Complain +91-265-2330198
Help Desk for Internet Subscribers 1957
Olakh (Womens Helpline) 1091
Public Grievance Cell 1094
Directory Entry Correction 1917
Dial Before Dig 1940
Child Help Line 1098
Call Center 1500
Billing Complaints (manual) 1660
Billing Complaints (Automatic) 1661
Mobile Service Provider
Airtel 121
Vodafone +91-9825098250
BSNL 1500, 1503, 18003451500
Idea +91-9891012345
Reliance 1800, 1860
Reliance JIO 18008899999
Hospitals
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S.S.G Hospital +91-265-2423122
Jamnabai Hospital +91-265-2517400
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T B Hospital +91-265-2398108
Mental Hospital +91-265-2461493
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Kasiba Children Hospital +91-265-2463906
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B M C Hospital +91-265-2562010
Shir Jalaram Hospital +91-265-2565863
Maharani Shantadevi Hospital +91-265-2436644
Railways
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Train Running TIme 132
Train Timing Inquiry (Recorded) 133
Reservation Inquiry 135
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City Bus Station +91-265-2224411
Panigate Depot +91-265-2560838
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Race Course Depot +91-265-2344871
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Head Office +91-265-2310583
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Institutions
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Polytechnic College +91-265-2783914, +91-265-2783915
Shreemati Hansa Mehta Library +91-265-2795338, +91-265-2780438
Sir Sayajirao Diamond Jubilee Trust +91-265-2780369
Swami Premdas Elders Home +91-265-2564785, +91-265-2565863
The Inst. of Chartered Accountants of India +91-265-2351151
Training College For Women +91-265-2412106
Police Station
DCP (North) +91-265-2432424
DCP (South) +91-265-2432626
Control Room +91-265-2415111, 100
Police Commissioner +91-265-2431414
Rural +91-265-2419777
Railway +91-265-2344248
S.S.G. Hospital +91-265-2410685
Head Police Station 4th floor, Police Bhavan, Nr. Narmada Bhavan, Jail Road, Vadodara 390001, Ph. +91-265-2432424
Control Room ACP 1st Floor, Kothi Road, Kothi Main Road, Vadodara - 390001, Ph. +91-265-2413000
Raopura Nr. Khadi Gramodhyog, Kothi Cross Road, Vadodara-390001, Ph. +91-265-2423500
Raopura Nr. Jubilee Baug Garden, Raopura-Ahmedabadi Pole, Vadodara, Ph. +91-265-2423150
Rajmahal Road Nr. Khanderao Market, R. V. Desai Road, Navapura Road, Vadodara, Ph. +91-265-2459461
Mandavi Nr. State Bank of India, Mandavi, Vadodara, Ph. +91-265-2561310
Panigate Nr. Panigate Darwaja, Panigate, Vadodara, Ph. +91-265-2562899
Alkapuri Alkapuri Main Road, Vadodara, ph. +91-265-2352800
Fatehgunj Nr. Suzuki Showroom, Nava Yard Road, Vadodara, Ph. +91-265-2776722
Wadi (Rangmahal Wadi) Nr. Gendigate Darwaja, Wadi, Vadodara, ph. +91-265-2431400
Karelibaug Nr. Bhutadizampa, Karelibaug, Vadodara, Ph. +91-265-2421468
Jetalpur Opp. Machhi Market, Jetalpur, Vadodara, ph. +91-265-2355090
Bahucharaji Road Bahucharaji Road, Vadoara, Ph. +91-265-2434550
Sayajigunj Opp. Vadodara Railway Station, Sayajigunj, Vadodara, Ph.+91-265-2361479, +91-265-2362400
Gotri Road Kalpvruksh Complex, Gotri Gaon, Gotri Road, Vadodara, Ph. +91-265-2313222
Tandalaja Road Patrakar Cross Road, Tandalaja, Vadodara, ph. +91-265-2358132
Makarpura Nr. Bhavans School, Nr. Baroda Dairy, Vadodara, Ph. +91-265-2656000
Ranoli Nr. Ranoli Gaon, Nr. GACL, Jawaharnagar Main Road, Vadodara, Ph. +91-265-2232382
Harni Road Kishanwadi Main Road, Vadodara, Ph. +91-265-2510821
Nandesari Nandesari, Vadodara, Ph. +91-265-2840440
Chhani Nr. Chhani Sabji Mandi, Chhani, Vadodara, Ph. +91-265-2773394
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1 Laheripura, Near Nyay Mandir, Vadodara-390 001 +91-265-2411473 +91-265-2462367
2 Nr. Sawad Community Hall, Harni-Warasia Road, Near Shweta Park Char Rasta, Vadodara-390 022 +91-265-2466476 +91-9978958596
3 B/h. Prarambh Complex, Nr. Mahesh Complex,Waghodia Road, Vadodara +91-265-2569166 +91-265-2569144, +91-9909915259
4 Sindhwai Mata Road, PratapNagar, Vadodara-390 004 +91-265-2657994 +91-265-2651020, +91-9879615034
5 Tambe no Waado, Raopura Municipal School Building, Sanshtha Vasahat Road, Raopura,Vadodara-390 001 +91-265-2433176 +91-265-2417804
6 Near Sahajanand Apartment,Off Old Padra Road, Akota, Vadodara-390 020 +91-265-2351221 +91-265-2310569, +91-9978958597
7 Old Octroi Bldg., Fatehgunj, Vadodara-390 002. +91-265-2788733 +91-265-2750253
8 Nr. Loksatta Press, Opp. Bhathiji Mandir, Bahucharaji Road, Nagarwada, Tin Rasta, Vadodara-390 001 +91-265-2411052 +91-265-2417804
9 Near Post Office, Navjivan, Ajwa Road, Vadodara-390 019 +91-265-2568025 +91-265-2522880, +91-9879613689
10 Near VMC Atithi Gruh, High Tension Line Road, ShubhanPura, Vadodara-390 023 +91-265-2393113 +91-265-2280790, +91-9879615030
11 Opp. New Sindhi Market, Nr. Maheshwari Society,Isckon-Vasna Road, Vadodara-390 015 +91-265-2331504 +91-265-2398403, +91-9978958594
12 G.I.D.C. Industrial Estate, Makarpura, Vadodara-390 010 +91-265-2633473 +91-265-2634859, +91-9978958595
13 Old Grampanchayat Office, Chhani, Vadodara-390 002
14 Streetlight Centralised No. +91-265-2434216 +91-9879613688
Flood Control Room / Disaster Cell
1 Disaster Cell +91-265-2427592
2 Terror Helpline
3 State Control Room 1090
Gas Emergencies
4 Gas Emergency Service +91-265-2344618
5 GIDC Commercial (Street Light) +91-265-2644859
6 Sewage Disposal +91-265-2580896 +91-265-2336599
Fire Station Phone Number
Control Room 101
Dandia Bazaar +91-265-2413635
Gajarawadi +91-265-2580908
Panigate +91-265-2513014
Wadi Wadi +91-265-2343545
Makarpura GIDC +91-265-2631444
Blood Bank Name Address Phone
Kashiben Gordhandas Patel Childrens Hospital Jalaram Temple Road, Karelibaug, Vadodara - 390018 +91-265-2464130
Shree Sayaji General Hospital Kala Godha Circle, Opp Aradhana Cinema, Jail Road, Raopura, Vadodara - 390001 +91-265-2424848
Indian Red Cross Society Red Cross Building, GPO, Opp Police Parade Ground, Raopura, Vadodara - 390001 +91-265-2413382
Shubhechha Multispeciality Hospital 409/412, Shrinagar Society, Nr Urmi Cross Road, Off Productivity Road, Akota, Vadodara - 390020 +91-265-2356212
Bhailal Amin General Hospital Bhailal Amin Marg, Gorwa, Vadodara, Gujarat, Gorwa, Vadodara - 390016 +91-265-3956222
Citizen Blood Bank SSG Hospital, Nr Ward No 18, Rajmahal Road, Vadodara - 390001 +91-265-XXXXXXX
Dr Monali Desai 35, Sampatrao Colony, Alkapuri, Vadodara - 390007 +91-265-2323941
Indu College Of Medical Science Ankodia, Sevasi, Kothi, Vadodara - 390001 +91-265-XXXXXXX
Indu Health Research Foundation And Blood Bank Vinraj Plaza, 3rd Floor, Opp Government Press, Kothi, Vadodara - 390001 +91-0265-2411477, +91-265-2437676
Nidhi Laboratory 16, 1st Floor, Devdeep Complex, Nizampura, Vadodara - 390002 +91-265-2791030
Suraktam Blood Bank Blue Chip Complex, Nr. Paradise Complex, Behind Rajshree Talkies, Sayaji Ganj, Vadodara - 390005 +91-265-2363660
Jalaram Blood Bank 10 Jalaram Mandir Rd, Harish Nagar Karelibaug +91-265-236 3660
Kailash Cancer Hospital Muni Seva Ashram, Goraj Village, Waghodia, Vadodara +91-9998274460, +91-265-3961300
Dhiraj Blood Bankdhiraj Hospital Managed By K. M. Shah Charitable Trust. Vadodara - 391760 +91-2668-225264, 02668-245264, 02668-245265, 02668-245266
Jamnabai General Hospital Vadodara - 390001 +91-265-2517400
Alakh Blood Bank & Lab Dandia Bazar, Vadodara - 390001 +91-265-2437587, +91-265-2435232, +91-265-2331367
Eye Bank Name Address Phone
Dhiraj General Hospital Sumandep Vidyapeeth Compound, Waghodia, At & Post Pipariya, Vadodara - 391760 +91-2668-245264, +91-2668-245265, +91-2668-245266, +91-2668-245262, +91-9727780962, +91-9727780963, +91-9601151034, +91-9601151035
Kashiben Gordhandas Patel Children Hospital Jalaram Temple Road Main Road, Karelibaug, Vadodara - 390018 +91-265-2463906, +91-265-2462404, +91-265-2464130, +91-265-2460099
Orbit Eye Hospital Sahyog Complex , 1st Floor, Delux Cross Road,New Era School Road, Above BOB, Nizampura, Vadodara - 390002, +91-265-2782341, +91-9426762167
Indumati T Patel Eye Bank Sheth M L Vaduwala Eye Charitable Hospital Haribhakti Complex, Vinodabhave Road, Opposite To M C High School, Salatwada, Vadodara - 390001 +91-265-2410932, +91-265-2426311, +91-265-2426311
Shukla Foundation Charitable Trust 15, Divyajyot Society, Makarpura Road, Near Akashwani, Makarpura, Vadodara - 390014 +91-265-2642615, +91-265-2642762, +91-9825007853
S.S.G. Hospital Eye Bank E-1/2, Deptt. of ophthalmology, Surgical Building, 4th Floor, SSG Hospital, Baroda-390001 +91-265-2424748, +91-265-3133393
Ambulance Service 108
Central Fire Station Control Room Vadodara H O, Vadodara - 390001 101
Municipal Ambulance Service Dandia Bazar, Vadodara - 390001 102
Global Baroda Hospital Nr Nalini House, Nr Shreyas Vidhyalaya, Manjalpur, Vadodara - 390011 +91-265-3300400
Baroda Heart Institute And Research C 44, Haribhakti Colony, Old Padra Road, Vadodara - 390012 +91-265-2325444
Maharani Shantadevi Hospital Kismat Building, Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, Dandia Bazar, Vadodara - 390001 +91-265-2436644
Lifeline Foundation E-501, Kalpavruksh, Gotri Road, Vadodara - 390021 +91-265-6532566
Sangam Hospital Opp Sangam Bus Stand, Sangam Cross Road, Harni Road, Karelibaug, Vadodara - 390018 +91-265-2482000
Shubhechha Multispeciality Hospital 409/412, Shrinagar Society, Nr Urmi Cross Road, Off Productivity Road, Akota, Vadodara - 390020 +91-265-2356212
Ambulance Seva Kendra Wadi No 15, Vadodara H O, Vadodara - 390001 +91-265-2424646
Anand Multispeciality Hospital B Tower Sundervan Complex, Nr Gorwa Iti, B/s Iocl Petrol Pump, Gorwa, Vadodara - 390016 +91-265-3087666
Shreeji Hospital And Trauma Care Cent Opp Rama Kaka Dairy, Nr Geb, National Highway No 8, Chhani, Vadodara - 391740 +91-265-2760599
St John Ambulance Association Red Cross Building, Gpo, Opp Police Parade Ground, Raopura, Vadodara - 390001 +91-265-2413382
Patel Icu Ambulance Services Vadodara - 390001 +91-7575040404, +91-7575020202
Shree Ambulance Service No 5 Sharvam Tenament, Behind Fatehgunj Police Station, Chani Road, Vadodara - 390002. +91-9998289062, +91-9104808108
Sun Sai Icu Ambulance Service Vadodara - 390001 +91-9879943000, +91-9879000447
Premdas Jalaram Hospital Swami Premdas Nagar, Harni Varasia Ring Road, Behind RTO, Varasia, Vadodara - 390022. +91-265-2564785, +91-265-2565863, +91-265-2565867, +91-265-2572799
Sangam Hospital Sangam Cross Road, Opposite Sangam Bus Stand, Harni Road, Karelibaug, Vadodara - 390018. +91-265-2482000, +91-265-2483000, +91-265-2485000, +91-9825032792, +91-9825042792
Akshar Purshottam Arogya Mandir Waghodia, Vadodara - 390019 +91-265-3961300
Medicare TPA Services LTD 2 Anand Soc, Express Hotel Lane B/H Capri House, R C Dutt Road, Alkapuri, Vadodara - 390007 +91-265-XXXXXXX
Jay Shree Shakti Krupa Ambulance Service 2nd Floor, Radhe Complex, Manjalpur, Vadodara - 390011 +91-9913338799, +91-9427885898
Areawise List of Electricity offices Phone No
GEB (main) +91-265-2436121, +91-265-2436133
Navlakhi +91-265-2419583
Race Course +91-265-2310582, +91-265-2310585
Akota +91-265-2358277
Alkapuri +91-265-2344777
Atladra +91-265-2338987
Fatehpura +91-265-2510335
Fathegunj +91-265-2793533
Gendi Gate +91-265-2520745
Gotri +91-265-2395777
Gorwa +91-265-2359089
Karelibaug +91-265-2484491
Lalbaug +91-265-2641795
Makarpura +91-265-2642382
Panigate +91-265-2513922
Tarsali +91-265-2645677
Vidyut Nagar +91-265-2332766
Railways
General Inquiry 131
Train Running TIme 132
Train Timing Inquiry (Recorded) 133
Reservation Inquiry 135
City Public Transport
Central Bus Station +91-265-2794700, +91-265-2794293
VITCOS +91-9726008080
Airline Info
Airport Inquiry 140
Indian Airlines 18602331407
Airport +91-265-2466667, +91-265-2466635
Cargo +91-265-2792070
Booking +91-265-2794747, +91-265-2794748
Air India
Office +91-265-2354889
Deccan Air +91-265-3096826
Jet Airways 05039243333
Office +91-265-2337051
Airport +91-265-2484209, +91-265-2483938
Delta Airlines Office - +91-265-2357975,+91-265-2357995
GPO +91-265-2410799
Fatehgunj HO +91-265-2794178
Pratapnagar +91-265-2581148
Chemical Industrial Area +91-265-2282396
Alkapuri +91-265-2353354
Race Course Circle +91-265-2343938
V N Colony +91-265-2359650
Vasana Road +91-265-2331360
EME +91-265-2792119
Atladara +91-265-2680170
Gorwa Indl Estate +91-265-2282154
Akota +91-265-2358051
Sayajigunj +91-265-2363665
Subhanpura +91-265-2390600
T B Sanetorium +91-265-2353021
Chhani Road +91-265-2760439
Sevasi +91-265-2370270
Kandari +91-265-232140
Bajwa +91-265-2230233
Jawaharnagar +91-265-2266170
Koyali +91-265-2232624
Nandesari Indl Estate +91-265-2841314
Por +91-265-2830030
Atithi Gruj Phone +91-265-2794020
Sayajibaug Atithi Gruh No. 1 +91-265-2794020
Sayajibaug Atithi Gruh No. 2 +91-265-2794020
Sayajibaug Atithi Gruh No. 3 +91-265-2794020
Sayajibaug Lawn +91-265-2794020
Akota Athithi Gruh +91-265-2794020
Sardarbaug Atithi Gruh +91-265-2794020
Subhanpura Atithi Gruh +91-265-2794020
Nizampura Atithi Gruh +91-265-2794020
Manjalpur Atithi Gruh +91-265-2794020
Premanand Sanskar Kendra +91-265-2794020
Indrapuri Atithi Gruh +91-265-2794020
Sharadnagar Atithi Gruh +91-265-2794020
Lalbaug Atithi Gruh +91-265-2794020
Vijaynagar Community Hall +91-265-2794020
Tarsali Community Hall +91-265-2794020
Shree Chhatrapati Shivaji Atithi Gruh +91-265-2794020
Shri Saurastra Patel Seva Samaj (Nizampura) +91-265-2761510, +91-265-2710964
Shri Revatat Auditya Brahmin Mandal Trust +91-265-2439890
Shri Gurjar Suthar Prajapati Mandal +91-265-2461267
Shri Upendracharya Mandir +91-265-2465349, +91-265-2462999
Shri Kutchh Gurjar Kshatriya Seva Samaj Wadi +91-265-2463565
Rushi Mandap +91-265-2484463
Brahmin Sabha Hall +91-265-2413884
Kala Vatika Marriage Hall +91-265-2384463
Shri Vithalesh Ved Mandir +91-265-2469191
Kanam Pradesh Patidar Samaj +91-265-2468629
Dalia Wadi +91-265-2464488
Alkapuri Club +91-265-2355428
Masaunic Hall +91-265-2358248
Nutan Bharat Club +91-265-2353150
Ranchhodji Mandir Wadi, Nizampura +91-265-2780747
Shri Mahavir Hall +91-265-2464091
Shri Lohana Seva Samaj Mandal +91-265-2469485
Gayatri Hall +91-265-2461192
Aashirwad Marriage Hall +91-265-2656651
Ambalal Patel Marriage Hall, Nizampura +91-9825013344
L B Farm BRG +91-9377227000
Abhay Party Plot +91-93772 27000
Urmi Auditorium +91-9377227000
SSG Hospital Stores +91-265-2436682
Atmajyoti Medical Stores +91-265-2327425
A Roy & Co. +91-265-2411347
Meghdhanush Medical Stores +91-265-2338608
Our Lady Pillar Hospital +91-265-2791038
Yogini Vasantidevi +91-265-2433300
Khushalchand Charitable Trust +91-265-2427780
Bhailal Amin Hospital +91-265-2285555
Shri Narhari Aarogya Kendra +91-265-2794414
Shital Medical Stores +91-265-2653070
Shah Brothers +91-265-2792887
Single helpline number for emergency services 121
Serva Siksha Abhiyan – SSA all information regarding School 1800-233-7965
Serva Siksha Abhiyan – SSA For Himmatnagar district only 1800-233-1955
Gujarat State Consumer Helpline 1800-233-0222
MGNREGA – employment details and work details 1800-233-4567
RSBY – Rashtriya Swasthiya Bima Yojana – Information related to RSBY scheme 1800-233-1021
Mukhya Mantri Amrutam Yojana – For Major medical support 1800-233-1022
PDS, Food & Ration card, results GSEB, Ojas Jobs, ITI admission , form, old age, persons with disabilities 1800-233-5500
Women’s violence – AWAG 079-26442466 / 079-22770410
RTI – Gujarat Mahiti Adhikar Pahel 99240-85000
Police 100
Fire 101
Traffic Control 103
Ambulance 108
Blood Bank 1910
Child line 1098
Women Helpline – domestic violence, teasing, employment etc. 181
Women Emergency Helpline - ABHAYAM 181
Aadhar Card Customer Care Number 1947

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Nearby Picnic Places from Vadodara

The Sayaji Sarovar or Ajwa is the principal source of water for Vadodara City. It is formed by damming the Surya river and vaghali nala. Work on the scheme was started in 1885 and was completed in 1890. The Gardens at Ajwa are patterned after the famous Brindavan Gardens of Mysore. The illumination of fountains is a major attraction for tourist.

By road from Vadodara Dist. around 22 Kms.

The town of Champaner was subjugated by Sultan Mehmud Begada in 1484 and made it his new capital. Champaner lies at the foot of Pavagarh fort. The ruins of its mosques and palaces reflected in the lake are some of the most picturesque sight in India. Citadel of Mehmud Begada’s is a perfect rectangle about three quarters of a mile long and 280 yards broad, the citadel is enclosed by a wall of massive blocks of freestone, known as Mahmud Begada’s wall. It is strengthened by bastions at regular intervals and beautified by small carved balconies in the best Islamic style. Jama Masjid, on account of its massive grandeur and perfect finish, the Jama Masjid is one of the grandest Islamic monuments in Western India. Nagina Masjid is also called the Jewel Mosque as it is built of pure white stone.

Location : By road from Vadodara Dist. around 47 Kms.

At the summit of Pavagadh hill, 762 m above sea level, is the temple to Mother Kali, which is the oldest in the area, dating from the 10th-11th centuries. Hindu pilgrims were coming to visit this temple from long before the development of Champaner as a major city, and they continued for hundreds of years after its decline, right up to the present day. To reach the temple at the summit is about a 5 km walk along a jungle footpath to the top of the hill; otherwise, there is a cable car which will haul you to the summit from about the midway point, which is the last place accessible by road. The temple has large fortifications and an open chowkin front, with two altars for sacrifices, and an array of lights for special occasions. The idol of Kalika Mata in the inner sanctum is only the head, the mukhwato, painted in red. Also present are full idols of Mahakali and the yantras of Bahuchara. The temple is open from very early to quite late, to accommodate pilgrims arriving at all hours. The Machi Haveliis a rest house available for pilgrims.

Location : By road from Vadodara Dist. around 52 Kms.

An easy destination to combine with a visit to Champaner is the Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary. Full of forests of teak and mahuda trees, bamboo, and other lush vegetation, Jambughoda is home to large populations of many kinds of wildlife. The leopard at the top of the food chain is the primary predator, and its numbers have been increasing recently. Other large wildlife include the wild boar, nilgai (blue bull, the largest antelope in Asia), jackal, hyena, barking deer, sloth bear, and chausingha (four-horned antelope).

Before independence, the region belonged to the princely state of Jambughoda. The valleys nestled in the well-forested hills have always been home to many tribal settlements. There are many places to hike through the forests in the sanctuary and it is a marvelous camping site. For those without the experience to camp, a forest rest house is available beside the Kada reservoir, one of two reservoirs in the sanctuary.

Location : By road from Vadodara Dist. around 82 Kms.

For the true naturalist and especially for the young and the restless, there is Tent accommodation. A shake-a-leg Discotheque, Pool Table, a mini Golf course, Spa and Massage facilities, Large Swimming Pool for adults as well as a Puddle Pool for toddlers with a slide for more fun. For the Bird lovers, strategically placed Tree Decks are a added feature at the Resort. For the adventure minded, its just not being at the resort that matters but to experience the excitement of Rock climbing, Rappling and Trekking. And for those interested to see the ancient sites, there is Champaner - now a UNESCO - World Heritage site. And of course, there is Pavagadh... highly revered site for the religious minded. Visiting sites like Sukhi Dam, Kada Dam, a drive in an open jeep through the thick forests and winding roads cutting through the rocky hills, is the rich variety of wild life in Panchmahal, will only surprise you. We at the Caravan Sarai - The Jambughoda Resort, do aim to create Social Awareness by promoting and organizing Tribal Arts and Folk Dance programs regularly. We encourage you to experience the unique life-style of the Tribal in the area by joining the Tribal Tours in and around Jambughoda. We have already employed and trained ten tribal as Tour Guides.

Location : By road from Vadodara Dist. around 47 Kms.

It boasts of an 18-ft statue of Lord Hanuman (a Hindu deity) believed to have been made during the Mahabharata era.

The waterfall at Hatthini Mata, hidden amongst the shaded green hills, is a sight to behold. The cave, which houses a temple with a rock shaped like a seated baby elephant is definitely worth a visit.

Location : By road from Vadodara Dist. around 86 Kms.

Kabirwad is a famous place situated on an island in the middle of the river Narmada. It can be reached by boats which operate to and from the Shuklatirth Shiva temple. It is an incredible grove of a Banyan tree which has grown over the years and now occupies an area of almost 3 kms. The place is named after the famous Saint Kabir who lived here for many years. It also has an imposing Kabir Temple where visitors & worshippers come to pray. Thus people visit Kabirwad not just for historical reason but also to enjoy the solitude and sanctity offered by this huge Banyan Tree.

Location : By road from Vadodara Dist. around 79 Kms.

Near Rajpipla, 1163 km away up the river from the sea, is Sardar Sarovar dam. At the reception center there is a map and an interpretation center. You can book a guided tour which will take you through six points around the dam site: a garden; the foundational stone laid by Jawaharlal Nehru in 1961; a site with a side view of the flow of the water from the dam; a lake where boating takes place; the first lock gate of the main canal; a trekking site with a nature education camp for students. Near the site is also the Surpaneshwar Shiva temple that the Government had built to replace the original ancient temple that was submerged by the dam. At the foot of the dam is the Kevadia colony, where the employees of the dam live and where there are also places for visitors to stay.

For more information contact the office at Tel : 02640232599 or 02640232533.

Location : By road from Vadodara Dist. around 92 Kms.

The main temple, enclosed by a fort wall, is situated near the bank of the holy lake Gomti in the midst of the main bazaar of Dakor. The temple is covered with 8 domes and 24 turrets, with the central dome reaching a height of 27m. Crowned with a golden kalashand a white silken flag, this temple is the tallest in the district. Though not very rich in carving, the main cupola derives its influence from the Maharashtrian style of temple architecture. The main hall features paintings depicting events in Lord Krishnas life.

Temple was built in 1772 A.D. The main Ranchhodrai idol is in black touchstone, 1m tall and 45 cm in breadth, richly adorned with gold, jewels and expensive clothes. Its throne, an ornate masterpiece of woodcarving plated in silver and gold, was presented by the Gaekwad of Baroda.

Location : By road from Vadodara Dist. around 62 Kms.

About 16 km from Dakor is a Shiva temple of the Solanki era, situated on the alluringsangam (confluence)of the rivers Mahi and Galati where it is said lived Galav Muni Chandrahaas of Puranic fame. At present the lovely rocky bank of Mahi and the beautiful old Shiva temple on it has one spring of the River Galati constantly sprinkling water on the Shivalinga. Rich in art and architecture, it has a unique eight-sided hall. The walls have carved figures of Gods, gandharvas, humans, rishis, horse riders, elephant riders, chariots, doli (palanquins) and the events of a human life, from birth to death, are all depicted in these carvings.

Location : By road from Vadodara Dist. around 65 Kms.

Zarwani Eco campsite is in Narmada District. Route is Vadodara-Dabhoi-Tilakwad-Garudeshwar-towards Rajpipla Kevadiya road, its near from there.

Zarwani Eco Campsite is affiliated with Gujarat Tourism but its mained and run by Mahila Mandal of Zarwani Gaon. There is no electricity at that place. They have installed Lamp post which runs on Solar Energy.

Booking Address : Nayab Van Sanrakshk shri ni kacheri, Narmada van vibhag, Rajpipla, Vadiya jakatnaka pase, rajpipla 393145. Phone/Fax : 02640-220013

Location : By road from Vadodara Dist. around 94 kms.

Vishal Khadi Campsite is a campsite situated on the way to Rajpipla-Netrang road. It is around 20 km away from Rajpipla. The site is surrounded by several forest areas, namely, Karajan forest area, Dediyapada forest area and Dang forest area, and fertile agricultural plains and river valleys. One can also go for boating to the nearby Karjar River as the back waters of the river extend till the campsite.

The site consists of separate cottages with attached toilets and bathrooms and it also has tent accommodations.

Location : By road from Vadodara Dist. around 96 Kms.

About 55.65 sq. km area of the Sanctuary is a triangular landmass, which covers reserve forests of 11 villages. Forest originally belonged to ex-ruler of Devgadh Baria State. Eleven villages with a population of about 7000 are located in and around the Sanctuary and 41 villages are located in its interaction zone. An area of 150 ha is in possession of irrigation department. Jhambua district of Madhya Pradesh constitutes boundary in south and east of the Sanctuary, whereas forests in west, and revenue areas in north surround the Sanctuary.

Location : By road around 127 kms.

Birds having affinities with Himalayan and Western Ghats, a variety of raptors, the hills of Satpuda range, the thrill of coming across a python or flying squirrel, pangolin or big/ lesser cats and the scenic beauty of moist deciduous forest. all this can be enjoyed by an eco-tourist at Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary. The Sanctuary encompasses an area of 607.71 sq. km in Narmada district, which comprises a major watershed, feeding the Sardar Sarovar and the Karjan reservoirs. Hilly tract of the Sanctuary bordering Narmada supports some of the best forests in Gujarat. The physical aspect is dominated by the Rajpipla hills. DhamanMal, the highest peak located in the eastern portion, is about 882 m in altitude. The general slope of the area is towards the west.

The forests are some of the best and the densest in the State and are known for richness of biodiversity. The sightings of various bird species, which have more affinities with Himalayan and Western Ghat, have unfolded a hitherto unknown, but interesting aspect of the area. Moist deciduous forests have very high scenic and aesthetic values. The flora of the ecosystem represents remnants of semi-evergreen to moist deciduous forest. Much of the vegetation is modified due to influence of the biotic pressure and forestry operations.

Moist teak forest, moist mixed deciduous forest, dry deciduous scrub, dry bamboo brakes and dry tropical riverine forest, constitute varied habitats in the Sanctuary. These forest types merge into each other imperceptibly. Teak is the principal species. Patches of pure bamboo dominate the western and north-western parts. A study documented 575 species of flowering plants in the Sanctuary.

Location : By road from Vadodara Dist. around 78 Kms.

This substantially elevated place near Maharashtra border, is amidst, teak forests with sunset, sunrise, valley view points, bracing cool climate and the Ninai waterfalls is breath- taking. It is a 2 hour drive around a winding road from Rajpipla located in the Dediyapada Wildlife Sanctuary. These waterfalls and hills of Malsamot offer a splendid picnic location and nature trip near Rajpipla.

Location : By road from Vadodara Dist. around 144 Kms.

This campsite is situated at the foot of the hills Malsamot, is amidst, teak forests with sunset, sunrise, valley view points, bracing cool climate and the Ninai waterfalls is breath- taking. It is a 2 hour drive around a winding road from Rajpipla located inside the Dediyapada Wildlife Sanctuary. These waterfalls and hills of Malsamot offer a splendid picnic location and nature trip Near Rajpipla.

Location : By road from Vadodara Dist. around 144 Kms.

Seven rock-cut caves and monolithic lion pillars are present at Kadia Dungar, near Bharuch. The caves suggest that they were viharas. A Brick stupa was also found in the foothills. These caves were in use during 1st and 2nd century AD.

Location : By road from Vadodara Dist. around 107 Kms.

Kanjeta is a fully developed campsite situated inside the Ratanmahal Sloth Bear Sanctuary in the Dahod district of Central Gujarat. Like all the other eco campsite, this campsite is also surrounded by a rich variety of diverse flora and fauna. The main attraction is the sloth bear but the area also harbors other species like panthers, jungle cats, civets, jackals, hyenas, honey badgers, foxes, porcupines etc. It also boasts of a variety of avifauna like tree pies, white bellied drongos, racket tailed drongos, paradise fly catcher, black headed oriole, etc and a variety of reptiles.

The sanctuary's geological formation and structure adds alot to its beauty. River Panam originates from within the sanctuary. All of these great natural wonders give the sanctuary the potential of widening people's sensitivity towards wildlife in general.

Location : By road from Vadodara Dist. around 132 Kms.

Dhanpari is a well-stocked forest ecotourism site situated inside the Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary, inside the Panchmahal District of Central Gujarat. The campsite is surrounded by this magnificent forest which is home to a variety of flora an fauna. The plant species include teak, bamboo & other plant species. He leopard is the top predator here and other animal species include the sloth bears, blue bulls, jackals, wild boars, four horned antelopes and a variety of reptiles. The area has two water reservoirs, one at Kada and the other at Targol. The campsite is near the Kada Dam and its a beautiful site to visit with a picturesque location and it also has a forest rest house. Other sightseeing options are the Jund Hanuman Temple which is 10 kms away from the campsite and also the Targol reservoir.

Location : By road from Vadodara Dist. around 75 Kms.

Kevdi is a well-stocked forest ecotourism site situated on the route connecting Jambughoda Sanctuary and Ratanmahal Sanctuary. It has a wonderful location as it is situated at the bank of a river. It comes under the Chhota Udepur forest division. It is located 14 kms away from the Kanjeta Eco Campsite. The site is rich in biodiversity. Sloth bear, panther, hyena, giant flying squirrel are often sighted at the site. The nearby tribal communities depend heavily on forests and forestry activities. It is developed as an eco-tourism site due to the feel that it provides of rich forests and biodiversity. The main attraction of the campsite is the flying squirrel which can be spotted in the evening and the sloth bears.

Location : By road from Vadodara Dist. around 115 Kms.

One of the three princely states of eastern Gujarat, this small town sits on the edge of a lake, and its known for its architectural variety as well as cultural richness. The jain temple here is an interesting example of the influence of Victorian art on local building styles. While structures from the 1920s such as the Kusum Vilas Palace (also heritage hotel) and Prem Bhavan are also woth vising though you’ll need permission from the local royal family. The town lies in the heart of tribal area, rich with indigenous history and culture. Every Saturday, there is a haat or tribal market.

Location : By road from Vadodara Dist. around 106 Kms.

This irrigation reservoir and wetland located 10 kms from Dabhoi & 20 kms from the Jambughoda village, is the water source for 25 nearby villages, and a popular bird watching site for species including stork, tern, ibis, and spoonbill. To get here you will have to rent a vehicle from Dabhoi, taking the Nanderi Gate road.

Apart from being a wetland, it also has an eco tourism campsite. The best time to visit the wetland is from October to March cause that is the main migratory seasons for birds which migrate here from all over the world.

Location : By road from Vadodara Dist. around 44 Kms.

This ancient fortified town, originally known as Darbhavati, and mentioned in jain scriptures, is impressive both for its grandeur and its folklore. Legend has it that the mason who built Hira Gate, the least weathered of the four gates, was buried alive within it for misusing city labour and material to build a talav (Lake) for his lover. The town is also significant for its narrow-gauage railway station, the largest in Asia, and one of the oldest in the world. In fact, it was still functioning until a few years ago.

Location : By road from Vadodara Dist. around 33 Kms.

Sankheda furniture is colourful teak wood furniture of Gujarat, India, treated with lacquer and painted in traditional bright shades of maroon and gold. It is made in Sankheda village and hence its name. The village is located about 45 kilometres (28 mi) from Vadodara.

Location : By road from Vadodara Dist. around 55 Kms.

Aatapi Wonderland Theme Park at Ajwa garden near Vadodara, The Biggest Theme Park in Gujarat.
A 75-acre Aatapi Wonderland Theme Park at Ajwa garden near Vadodara.
The theme park has been developed through public private partnership(PPP) model by Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd. and a private party jointly. Vadodara Municipal Corporation is going to operate this park. Rs. 125 crore park is located next to Ajwa Sarovar reservoir which satisfies water needs of the city of Vadodara.
The theme park has adventure zone, kids zone, thriller rides, dinosaur park, Chhota Bhim park, Vrundavan park, laser musical fountain etc.. Total 50 attractions like Water Laser Show, Pendulum Rain, Roller Coaster, The Lost World, Go Cartist, Giant Swing, Bouncing Machine, Glow Garden, Speed Windmill, Zipline, Superman Zipline, Turbline, Roap Course, Rain Dance, Surfing, Kids Driving School, Reverse Bungee, Spinning Coaster, Tagdaa, Twist Tower, Sumo Flight, Bumper Boat, Cricket, Bubble Soaker, Butterfly, Horror House, Water Flume Ride, Zodia Mapping, Human Swing, Sling Shot, Para Jump, Tubey Jump Park, Water Zorbing, Kids Soft Play, Ferris Wheel, Traditional Play, Adult Bumper Car, Kids Bumper Car, Chhota Bhim House, Chhota Bhim Character House, Movie with Chhota Bhim, Hungry Hoops, Flying Jaggu and Maaz area.

Location : By road from Vadodara Dist. around 24 Kms.

Statue of Unity – The Monument dedicated to The India’s first deputy prime minister and first home minister – Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. A statesman par excellence, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is widely considered to be the architect of modern India. The Iron Man of India- Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is now the real iron man for not only India but all over the world.
Statue of Unity is built on the Island that called Sadhu Bet in front of Narmada Dam.
The Statue of Unity will stand tall as an inspiration to future generations, a reminder of Sardar Patel’s sterling contribution and a symbol of national harmony and integrity.
The Tallest in the World at 182 meters from the road entry and 208.5 meters from the river entry, the Statue of Unity will be the tallest statue in the world; taller than the 153 m tall Spring Temple Buddha in China and almost twice as tall as the world famous Statue of Liberty in New York. For a sense of its height, the statue is 100 times larger than a man of average height of about 5 to 5 and a half feet!
Statue of Unity has lots of qualities that attracting the visitors such like
Museum inside the statue that situated at the bottom of the statue shows the life of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
Lake View (scenery of the Sardar Sarovar lake) From the heart of the statue,
Valley of Flowers - Near the statue, you will find the valley of flowers, It has 100 varieties of flowers that increasing its beauty. This valley is 17 KM long and has good location from the statue that avails the best points to take selfies & photos. Valley of flowers avails also the tent city at the bank of it which have 250 tents to help to stay. It will help to stay at the night on the banks of River Narmada and enjoy the StarGazing at the night.
View from The Heart of Statue – The lift inside the statue will take away with the speed of 4 m/s at a height of 135 meter. From that height, one can view the nearby naturality with the help of “Gallery View Point” situated close to the chest of statue. It is the point that avails the opportunities to view the beauty of dam and lake with the beauty of the Vindhya Mountain.
It has become the one of the best tourist attractions in the state as well in the country.

Location : By road from Vadodara Dist. around 92 Kms.

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The Vadodara Bus Station is the central bus station serving the city of Vadodara in Gujarat, India. It was built under a public-private partnership between the Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) and realty firm Cube Construction. Built at a cost of 114 crore, the five-storey terminus is spread over 2.4 lakh square feet. Called the Ved Transcube Plaza, it has the Vadodara Central Bus Terminal as well as a commercial complex. The terminus handles over 800 buses and as many as 28,000 to 35,000 passengers daily.

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Sharad Purnima

30/10/2020

• The full moon day is called Purnima in the Hindu calendar. And the full moon day in the month of Ashwin is referred to as Sharad Purnima as it falls during Sharad Ritu (autumn season). This day is also famous as Kojagiri Purnima in some regions. It is one of the most significant full moon days as it is associated with none other than Lord Krishna himself. And interestingly, devotees who hail from various regions worship different deities on this day. Some people worship Indra Dev, while some offer their prayers to Lakshmi Devi, the Goddess of wealth. And in some regions, Lord Shiva, his consort Parvati and Nandi, his vahana are revered. Moreover, for some people, it is a harvest festival as it marks the end of the monsoon season. • Like Dussehra, Sharad Purnima or Full-moon festival is observed in different ways, in different parts of India. It falls on the fifth day following Dussehra. Goddess Lakshmi presides over the festivity in some parts of the country, while Lord Krishna is worshipped in some other parts. Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth and prosperity, and Krishna symbolizes eternal love. According to their traditional culture and beliefs, the regional communities of India celebrate Sharad Purnima in different ways, unique to their identity. • Once Bengalis are blessed with peace due to divine victory over the evil during Durga Puja, they get busy preparing for the worship of Goddess Lakshmi in order to be blessed with prosperity on the full-moon night. This full-moon night which is known as Sharad Purnima all over the country is called Kojagori Purnima in West Bengal. Bengalis reverently call Goddess Lakshmi as Ma Lokkhi. The ritual of decorating the floor with alpana from the entrance to the interior is performed in every house. • Most of the households in Bengal worship Ma Lokkhi by offering flowers, homemade sweets and devotion to the idol of the Goddess sitting on a lotus. Among the homemade sweets, narkel nadu is a special offering to Ma Lokkhi. This festive dessert is made from fine gratings of coconut kernel, mixed with sugar, milk, ghee and dry fruits. Special porridge (called khichuri in Bengali language) is cooked in the kitchens of Bengali households, on the Kojagori Purnima evening. • In India, the state of Odisha or Orissa celebrates Sharad Purnima in two different ways. Some communities worship the Sun and the Moon on this occasion, while Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped on this pious day in some other communities. In Odisha, Sharad Purnima is also known as Kumar Purnima in honor of Kartikeya, the God of war in the Hindu mythology of India. Kartikeya, son of Lord Shiva, is the handsomest god who is worshipped by young girls in hope of getting handsome husbands. • After a holy bath in the morning, the girls cook several various food items to offer to the Sun Gold and adorn their necks with fresh garlands during worship. They keep fasting for the day. They break the day-long fast once the worship of the moon in the evening is over. They sing, dance and play a special game, Puchi, to rejoice in the festivity. The people of Odisha also observe Sharad Purnima as the birthday of Lakshmi. They play dice and some other indoor games to keep awake the whole night. • In north India, Sharad Purnima is popularly known as Raas Purnima. In the Hindu Mythology, there is a story of Raas Purnima from the life of Lord Krishna. According to the story, it is believed that during his human incarnation on earth, Lord Krishna used to play raas (a traditional folk dance) with Gopis, his female admirers in Vrindavan. It was the night of Sharad Purnima when he played maha raas with his beloved Radha and Gopis on the bank of Yamuna River. In different parts of north India, young boys and girls enact Raas Leela on the festive evening.

Birth Anniversary of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

15/10/2020

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, October 15 is celebrated as World Students Day every year across the globe. The day is marked to celebrate the birth anniversary of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. It was first celebrated in 2010 in United Nations on Dr APJ Abdul Kalam's birthday when he was 79 years old. Today we honour India's most loved President. World Students Day is celebrated to honour the most loved President of India who was a scientist, a teacher, an author among many other roles that he played. Dr Kalam was born on October 15, 1931, in Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu, and studied physics and aerospace engineering. He spent the next four decades as a scientist and science administrator, mainly at the DRDO and ISRO. India lampoons Pakistan at Commonwealth foreign ministers' meet for raising Kashmir issue Dr Kalam's favourite job was teaching and that is how he wanted the world to remember him. His death also happened while doing what he loves the most. Dr. Kalam was delivering a lecture to the students of IIM Shillong when he fell down the stage suffering a stroke and passed away on July 27, 2015. The theme of World Students Day 2020 is "Learning for people, planet, prosperity, and peace". This theme intends to highlight the centrality of development ambitions for our collectivity with humanitarian objectives. The day is celebrated to pay honor to the students from all across the globe for their hard work, dedication, and determination. Mulayam Singh Yadav tests positive for Covid-19 Dr. Kalam was the author of three books and recipient of several awards including Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan, Bharat Ratna, Veer Savarkar Award, Ramanujan Award. He was also called 'Missile Man of India' for his work on the development of ballistic missile and launch vehicle technology. Many educational institutes, scientific institutions, and some locations were named after his death.

World Arthritis Day

12/10/2020

World Arthritis Day 2020 It’s time to remind the world that arthritis is a real disease that reduces quality of life. Oct. 12, 2020, is World Arthritis Day. This observance calls global attention to a complex, multifaceted disease that evidence shows is a leading cause of disability worldwide, with both physical and emotional impacts. But for much of the world, it’s still an invisible disease. This year, there’s the extra layer of COVID-19 — an unprecedented situation that has literally changed the world forever. We hope you will recognize arthritis through that extra lens and help spread the word to others in your network about how serious a disease arthritis really is, especially in how it diminishes quality of life. Many people with arthritis are more vulnerable to the pandemic because of their age or compromised immune system.

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26 10 2020

Bombay Dyeing reports Q2 net loss of Rs 91 crore

26/10/2020

The company’s net sales for quarter under review was down 61 percent to Rs 217 crore, as against Rs 555 crore it reported in the same period last year. Bombay Dyeing’s revenue from polyester segment for the quarter was Rs 176 crore while textile segment revenue stood at Rs 6 crore. The company attributed the loss and decline in profit to the Covid-19 pandemic and resultant shutdowns during the July-September period. Bombay Dyeing is one of the leading textile manufacturers in the country and also owns menswear brand Cezari. It currently has 27 company-owned stores, 3,000 multi-brand stores, and over 400 franchise stores across India.

26 10 2020

Tata Motors is actively scouting for a new partner for its passenger vehicle (PV) business

26/10/2020

Tata Motors is actively scouting for a new partner for its passenger vehicle (PV) business, according to a recent report. The company is looking to collaborate with an automaker to accelerate its growth plan for the next decade. A partnership will help the Indian auto giant offset huge investments while adapting to newer technologies, regulations and shorten product lifecycles. Earlier this year, the Tata Motors board had approved to form a separate entity for its passenger vehicles business bringing the cars, electric vehicles and its relevant assets, employees and IPs under one umbrella. The new vertical would fully functional on a standalone basis. carandbike has reached out to Tata Motors for an official statement and will update this report when we get a response.

24 10 2020

Flipkart to buy 8 percent stake in Aditya Birla's fashion unit for $204 million

24/10/2020

The investment comes at a time when Amazon.com Inc, billionaire Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries and Flipkart are in a race to gain market share in India’s fast-growing online market for food and groceries. “Fashion retail in India is set for robust long-term growth due to strong fundamentals of a large and growing middle class... Rapid growth of technology infrastructure will further accelerate this process,” Aditya Birla Group Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla said. With the COVID-19 pandemic keeping most people indoors, Indians are turning to online platforms for all purchases from bread to phones to clothes. Media reports here had said both Amazon and Flipkart were in the race to pick a stake in Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail, which owns and operates the Pantaloons retail chain and owns rights to sell Forever 21 merchandise in India. Aditya Birla said it would use the money to strengthen its balance sheet as it scales up its businesses. Shares of Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail surged as much as 6.5 percent to 163.45 rupees, their highest since March 30.

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